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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hot This Week: January 14

With a new Kevin Hart movie, The Upside, atop the weekend box office, another, Night School, makes its debut on our movies list. The soundtrack to the Golden Globe-winning best animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse breaks onto the music chart, while some familiar favorites reappear as Christmas albums fade away until next year. In fiction, new novels from Stuart Woods and Tami Hoag make the list while Delia Owens makes the jump to #1.

  1. Night School (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Predator (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Smallfoot (Blu-ray)
  7. White Boy Rick (Blu-ray)
  8. Peppermint (Blu-ray)
  9. A Simple Favor (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Mission Impossible: Fallout (Blu-ray | 4K)
  1. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  2. Meek Mill, Championships
  3. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack
  5. Drake, Scorpion
  6. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  7. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  8. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  9. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  10. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  3. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  4. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  5. Circe, Madeline Miller
  6. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  7. Target: Alex Cross, James Patterson
  8. A Delicate Touch, Stuart Woods
  9. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly
  10. The Boy, Tami Hoag
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. The Library Book, Susan Orlean
  4. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  5. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. Fear, Bob Woodward
  9. Almost Everything, Anne Lamott
  10. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

Friday, January 11, 2019

2019 Preview: Movies

Written by Jon Williams

With the Golden Globes taking place this past weekend, awards season is officially in full swing. As we look back and celebrate the best of 2018, let’s also take a peek ahead at some of the delights that 2019 has in store for us at the box office.

Marvel movies have dominated the box office for years, and fans are eagerly anticipating a conclusion to the galaxy-altering conflict that was set up in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. That will come in April, when Avengers: Endgame brings the heroes’ conflict with Thanos to a close and resolves their fates—for better or worse. Before that, though, comes Captain Marvel in March, starring Brie Larson as the titular superhero in a ‘90s-set adventure that introduces her to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then, in July, Spider-Man: Far from Home gives Tom Holland’s popular webslinger a second standalone and the MCU its first foray into its next round of adventures.

Live-action remakes of animated Disney classics have proven to be popular, and 2019 has some big ones coming. First up is Tim Burton’s take on Dumbo, the 1941 tale of a bullied elephant who eventually becomes the star of the circus when he realizes his large ears can help him to fly. Then in May, as summer movie season is rounding into full swing, comes Aladdin, starring Will Smith in the role of the genie who helps humble beggar Aladdin win the heart of Princess Jasmine. July will see the release of The Lion King, which sees Jon Favreau direct a star-studded ensemble cast in a photorealistic update of the 1994 traditionally animated version.

As popular as these live action movies are, animation, both traditional and digital, is going nowhere. The fourth installment in the Toy Story franchise is coming in July, nine years after Toy Story 3 in 2010, while the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster Frozen is set to hit theaters just before Thanksgiving. Much closer than either of those, though, is The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, the follow-up to Christopher Miller and Phil Lord’s 2014 hit, in theaters next month. Also in February is How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the anticipated final installment in a trilogy that includes films from 2010 and 2014. Other animated movies coming our way this year include a Secret Life of Pets sequel (June), an Angry Birds sequel (August), and a new Addams Family movie in October.

The horror movie genre has undergone a renaissance in recent years, and that looks to continue in 2019. It begins in March with Us, an original film from Jordan Peele, the writer and director behind the 2017 horror hit Get Out. In April comes Pet Sematary, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 novel and a remake of the 1989 film. Speaking of King adaptations, It: Chapter 2, which follows up the highest-grossing horror film of all time, comes to theaters in September. In between those two movies, in June, horror fans can look forward to Child’s Play, a reboot of the 1988 movie that spawned six sequels featuring the iconic murderous doll Chucky. In August, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark comes out, based on Alvin Schwartz’s collections of tales that have haunted kids’ dreams since they debuted in 1981. And while it may not quality as horror, exactly (more of a “zom-com”), the long-awaited sequel to Zombieland arrives at last in October.

Need more? Tyler Perry’s Madea returns in March in A Madea Family Funeral. David Harbour steps into the horn-stumps for a Hellboy reboot in April. Keanu Reeves is back for a third round as John Wick in May, while a new generation of Men in Black hits theaters in June. Quentin Tarantino’s look at the Manson Family, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, comes in July, followed soon after by Hobbs & Shaw, a Fast and Furious spinoff. In September, Downton Abbey will make the jump from the small screen to the big screen, while October will bring adaptations of the popular novels The Woman in the Window and The Goldfinch. In November, a third installment of the Kinsgman series is on its way, before the year finishes strong in December with a new Jumanji movie and, of course, the third and final film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

So that’s just some of what’s on our radar for 2019 at the box office, and you can be sure that it’s just a fraction of all the good stuff that’s coming our way. Let us know what you and your patrons are looking forward to, and stay tuned for information on when these movies will be available for you to add to your collections.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Hot This Week: January 7

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season! The first hot list of 2019 sees three new movies make the list, led by the antihero blockbuster Venom. Rapper 21 Savage lands his new album atop the music chart, which is still seeing the effects of Christmastime. The hot fiction titles from the end of 2018 hold strong, while in non-fiction, Yuval Noah Harari's latest book jumps back onto the list.

  1. Venom (Blu-ray | 4K)
  2. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray | 4K)
  4. Smallfoot (Blu-ray)
  5. A Simple Favor (Blu-ray | 4K)
  6. Peppermint (Blu-ray)
  7. Mission Impossible: Fallout (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. The Nun (Blu-ray)
  9. Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)
  10. Mile 22 (Blu-ray)
  1. 21 Savage, I Am > I Was
  2. Michael Buble, Christmas
  3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
  4. The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
  5. Meek Mill, Championships
  6. Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
  7. Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas
  8. Travis Scott, Astroworld
  9. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  10. A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
  1. The Reckoning, John Grisham
  2. Fire and Blood, George R.R. Martin
  3. Every Breath, Nicholas Sparks
  4. Target: Alex Cross, James Patterson
  5. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  6. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  7. Elevation, Stephen King
  8. Past Tense, Lee Child
  9. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  10. Long Road to Mercy, David Baldacci
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  2. Educated, Tara Westover
  3. Killing the SS, Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  4. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  5. Leadership, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  6. Fear, Bob Woodward
  7. Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
  8. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  9. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson
  10. Presidents of War, Michael Beschloss